Pierrot Le Fou is Jean-Luc Godard’s tenth feature film, starring his former wife and muse Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo. The film is based on the 1962 novel Obsession by Lionel White.
Ferdinand Griffon (Belmondo) is leading a boring yet comfortable life in Paris amongst the bourgeois elite. After another mindless cocktail party, he decides to leave everything behind and run away with the babysitter Marianne (Karina), who happens to be his ex-girlfriend. Their adventure takes a different turn when they discover Marianne is being chased by Algerian gangsters, who they have a hard time escaping from. From Paris to the French Riviera, continuously on the run, they begin an unorthodox life. Their world is again turned upside down when the restless Marianne decides to go look for her brother, an arms trafficker.
Pierrot Le Fou was the 15th most successful film of the year in France when released. Among several nominations, including a BAFTA for Jean-Paul Belmondo, the film won the Venice International Film Festival Critics Award and the British Film Institute Sutherland Trophy in 1965.
In French with English subtitles